Download iMovie HD & iDVD 5: The Missing Manual by David Pogue PDF

By David Pogue

A brand new York occasions computing device columnist notes that Apple's iMovie and iDVD revolutionized the common user's skill to provide specialist caliber videos. during this direction on Macintosh filmmaking and DVD layout, Pogue discusses the fundamentals of movie procedure and modifying, media for shooting and sharing domestic videos, and little-known information for improvements. Appendices function iMovie's menu instructions, troubleshooting suggestions, and a grasp checklist of keyboard shortcuts.

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But they can play back either digital video or traditional, analog video. ) 32 Part I: Capturing DV Footage Part I: Capturing DV Footage 33 This kind of camcorder, in other words, is a good solution if you have a library of old 8mm tapes that you'd like to edit in iMovie. Your Mac can't tell which kind of tape the Digital8 camcorder is playing. On the other hand, full-blown DV camcorders and tapes are no longer much more expensive than their 8mm predecessors, and Sony's Digital8 camcorder family has already begun to wind down.

Infact, almost any pan looks better if there's something that "motivates" the camera movement. A car, train, bird flying, person walking, or anything else that draws the eye justifies the pan and gives a 52 Part I: Capturing DV Footage Part I: Capturing DV Footage 53 sense of scale to the image. • Begin and end the pan by holding, motionless, on carefully chosen beginning and ending images. • Make an effort to pan smoothly and slowly. This time, you can't rely on the camcorder's electronics to ensure smoothness of motion, as you can when zooming.

If you plan to catch still frames from your camcorder, a progressive-scan CCD will spare you some of the jagged lines that may appear. However, if your primary goal is to make movies, this expensive feature is not worth paying for, especially since you can buy a digital still camera, with much greater resolution, for about the same added cost. 20 Title generator Some camcorders let you superimpose titles (that is, lettering) on your video as you film. In your case, dear iMovie owner, a title-generating feature is useless.

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